Full time camping/birding

Well, it has been awhile since I posted. I have traveld across Arizona in a wagon wheel fashion with the hub being Phoenix where my brother lives.

I have had some interesting camps. My favorite being one in the Chiricachua Mts. in south eastern Arizona. This borders right onto New Mexico. Higher elevation so found the coolness I needed and plenty of shade and even a stream that ran right along the camp ground. I met up with some friends in Portal to camp and do some birding. I liked it so much I stayed close to 14 days. Met plenty of other serious birders (unlike me a dabler)and made several friends from Alaska , Yukon, Main, Ca. I hope to visit all someday.

There were numerous of Javalinas, (related to the elephant not the pig) and white tail deer. Lots of interesting birds.

Several of us spent many days on three specific birds. Trying to get good photos. I never did get something I was happy with but here are the three.

Blue Throated 2

Blue Throated Humming Bird

Blue throated

Above is the Blue Throated Humming Bird about 5 inches not shy


The Magnificient at 5 1/4 inches.  Moved around super fast and usually keep his back to the sun, his coloring is spectacular if I could have only got it.

Painted Red Start

Painted Red Start 2

The painted Red Start. I love the little bit of white under the eye. This little devil only appeared for a very brief time in the mornings always in this tree then dissapeared into thicker conifers and then left after a few days.

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15 Responses to Full time camping/birding

  1. Mike Bunker says:

    Great way to spend your time. Very nice!

  2. Terri says:

    Awesome! Wish I was there😃

  3. Richard Norsworthy says:

    Such great photos. Not bad for a retired person! Love all the information. We are hoping to leave in late April to visit some places in Colorado if this project I am working on will slow down! Take care and keep shooting.

  4. HJ says:

    Well, you sure are keeping yourself “busy”! Love the little black and red guy! Be safe. HJ

  5. Mark says:

    Great pics Jan. Which lens(es)?

  6. janice says:

    Hey Jan,
    We will be boating most of April-June, but would love you to come visit us in Livingston, MT July/August. You will be expected to run the rivers with us. That’s what we do. See you soon?

  7. Allison says:

    Your hummingbird pictures are phenomenal. Just lovely.

  8. Julie Newman says:

    Wonderful! Your picture captures the Blue-Throated so perfectly. And the Magnificent, and the Redstart–wow. Hope to see you soon.

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